2017 Cox Plate betting

The 2040-metre race for three-year-old’s and up is held every year at Moonee Valley in Melbourne and it is worth AUS$3 million. Often refereed to as the ‘champions race’, the Cox Plate has a rich history of champion winners and that excites bettors more than anything else.

Betting on the Cox Plate has never been easier and our recommended bookmakers have the latest markets available with all the best odds. Get involved with betting on the Cox Plate for an unforgettable racing experience.

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Crownbet has already framed a market for the October feature and they are offering both win and place fixed odds. Their futures market for horse racing is very extensive and their odds available are some of the best value around.

Simply click into their racing section, select future racing, and the full list of upcoming feature races will be on show, including the 2015 Cox Plate.


Sportsbet have an easy-to-use website where finding the betting option you want is effortless. Their market for the Cox Plate includes not only nominated runners, but potential runners that will likely drop in price once nominated.

The value on offer is clear to see and they are currently offering a better price than BetEasy for 2014 winner Adelaide ($11). Sportsbet have covered a wide variety of international horses and now is the best time to place a bet on the Cox Plate.


With a Cox Plate market already on display, Bet365 are streets ahead of most other bookmakers with their horse racing futures markets.

They are offering a lower price for Adelaide ($10) but bettors are able to request any horse they want and Bet365 will get a suitable quote. They also offer ‘each way’ prices if your selected Cox Plate horse runs in the first four – your price for the win gets quartered.

Bet365 are known to offer competitive prices as the race draws nearer, so open an account and keep an eye on their value racing markets.

Cox Plate history and race details

The Cox Plate was first introduced in Australian racing in 1922 when it was won by Tangalooma. The 2040-metre weight-for-age race is considered one of the toughest in the world and it usually takes a champion race horse to win it.

Horses such as Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly, Makybe Diva and So You Think are just a handful of champions to have their names etched on the trophy in recent times.

The race is held at Moonee Valley, a tight-turning track in Melbourne which is a great amphitheatre to watch horse racing.

The race is run at Group 1 level and between the years of 1999-2005 the Cox Plate used to be apart of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship. Other races in this series included the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Japan Cup, Dubai World Cup, Arlington Million, Hong Kong Cup, Canadian International Stakes, Grosser Preis von Baden, Irish Champion Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Cox Plate has a good record with race favourite’s and is usually targeted by bettors. Favourite’s have an overall win percentage of 41 per cent, with favourite’s starting as even-money chances win at a rate of 70 per cent.

The shortest priced favourite to win the Cox Plate was Phar Lap in 1931 where the great horse started at $1.07 (1/14). Recent favourite’s to win have been So You Think ($1.50) in 2010, Makybe Diva ($2) in 2005, Northerly ($4) in 2002 and Sunline at $2.38 in 2000.

Not all winners have been at such short odds however. 2014 champion Adelaide paid $8 (7/1) and a year earlier, maiden runner Shamus Award won at odds of $21 (20/1). In the last 10 years, six winners have paid double figure sums which makes for an exciting and even contest.

2016 Cox Plate result

8. Winx – $1.80
3. Hartnell
10. Yankee Rose

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